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  • Francis to journalists: Belief in God isn't necessary, only honesty

    09/25/2016 4:01:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 43 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | September 23, 2016 | Paul Anthony Melanson
    Francis just told journalists: "The question here isn't to believe in God or not. The question is to be or not to be honest with oneself and with others. This is the journalist's job -we might say his mission too-: to get as close as possible to the truth and never to say or write anything that one knows, in his conscience, to be false.” This isn't the teaching of Vatican II's Inter Mirifica: 3. The Catholic Church, since it was founded by Christ our Lord to bear salvation to all men and thus is obliged to preach the Gospel,...
  • Unlike Italy, Pope Backs Anti-Gay Marriage Push in Mexico

    09/25/2016 1:38:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/25/16 | Inés San Martín
    After having sat out an Italian debate in May over the legalization of civil unions for same-sex couples, Pope Francis broke his silence on Sunday by coming out in support of Mexico's Catholic bishops in their efforts to derail a push for gay marriage.ROME-After having remained quiet while Italy debated civil unions for same-sex couples in May, on Sunday Pope Francis expressed support for the Mexican bishops in their efforts to support the “family and life” amid a burgeoning national debate over gay marriage. “I join willingly the Bishops of Mexico in supporting the efforts of the Church and civil...
  • Cardinal Turkson: 'We Do Not Stop War by Starting Another War'

    09/23/2016 6:36:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 9/20/16 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Pope Francis is giving "very strong recognition" to a landmark conference held at the Vatican last spring that called on the global Catholic church to reject its long-held teachings on just war theory, Cardinal Peter Turkson has said. Turkson, the head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said the pontiff's decision to focus his message for World Peace Day in 2017 on nonviolent strategies to prevent and stop global violence was partly caused by the discussions at the conference. "He's adopted this topic … as the message of peace for next year," said Turkson, referring to Francis....
  • Roman Rumor: New Drive to Allow Married Priests?

    09/22/2016 7:34:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 62 replies
    A meeting between Pope Francis and Cardinal Claudio Hummes has touched off speculation that the Pope might support a move to allow the ordination of married men as priests. Cardinal Hummes, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, has indicated his support for a discussion of allowing married priests in areas where the shortage of clergy is particularly acute, such as in the Amazon region of his native Brazil. Sandro Magister, the veteran Vatican-watcher for L'Espresso, reports rumors in Rome that Pope Francis intends to devote the next meeting of the Synod of Bishops to discussion of the...
  • Mexico: The World’s Most Dangerous Place to be a Priest

    09/21/2016 4:55:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/20/16 | Tim MacGabhann
    Dozens of priests have either died or vanished without trace in the country in the past 25 yearsFr Gregorio López Gorostieta thought he had done enough to stay safe on the night of December 21, 2014. He had spent a long day celebrating Masses and overseeing a religious festival at the cathedral of Ciudad Altamirano, in southwestern Mexico’s troubled Guerrero state. The end-of-year collection – to fund Asunción seminary, where he taught – had been substantial, so it was late when he finished counting the donations. At 11.30pm, he locked the money in the cathedral and drove back to the...
  • Former Southern Baptist to Become Next Head of Louisiana [Catholic] Diocese

    09/21/2016 4:50:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 121 replies
    Alexandria, La., Sep 21, 2016 / 11:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop David Prescott Talley, currently auxiliary bishop of Atlanta and a former Baptist, to serve as the coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria. As coadjutor, Bishop Talley possesses the right of succession as head of the Diocese of Alexandria upon the resignation of its current ordinary, Bishop Ronald Herzog. Bishop Herzog will celebrate his 75th birthday – 'mandatory retirement' age for bishops – on April 22, 2017. Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta said Sept. 21 that Bishop Talley “is a...
  • Vatican Confirms Authority of Bishop Abducted by Chinese Officials

    09/21/2016 4:43:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Vatican has confirmed that Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin has become the Bishop of Wenzhou, following the death of Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang. Bishop Zhu died earlier this month, at the age of 90, after a long battle with cancer. Bishop Shao had already been named by the Holy See as coadjutor bishop, with the right of succession. However, Bishop Shao has not been recognized by the government-backed Patriotic Association. Shortly before the death of the older bishop, Chinese officials took Bishop Shao into custody. Although the public explanation was that Bishop Shao was being given a "vacation tour" of...
  • National Catholic University Opens in Vietnam

    09/20/2016 5:33:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    UCA News ^ | 9/19/16
    It is the first ever institution of its type since the country was reunified under communist rule in 1975 The first Catholic university that is expected to improve theological knowledge among Catholics in Vietnam has opened. The Catholic Institute of Vietnam, the first ever one since the country was reunified under communist rule in 1975, was inaugurated on Sept. 14 in Ho Chi Minh City. "The institute aims to enhance theological knowledge and competence among all priests, religious and laypeople," Bishop Joseph Dinh Duc Dao, rector of the institute, said at the opening ceremony. Theological understanding is very necessary for...
  • Argentine Bishop Threatened with Prosecution for Condemning ‘Culture of Fornication’

    09/20/2016 4:37:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/20/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    September 20, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The Catholic archbishop of the Argentinean city of La Plata is under investigation by the country’s “discrimination” police for condemning the modern acceptance of sexual promiscuity and “unnatural” unions, according to local media sources. Archbishop Héctor Aguer has incurred the wrath of Argentina’s Secretary for Human Rights and perhaps the government’s National Institute Against Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Racism for writing that modern society’s culture of promiscuity is “banal,” “animalistic,” and “infantile.” In a recent article written for the La Plata newspaper El Dia, Aguer laments that the act of “carnal copulation outside of marriage” has...
  • Anglicans Divided Over New Bishops' Group on Homosexuality

    09/19/2016 5:37:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 9/19/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    Conservative and liberal Christians have criticised a new bishops' group set up to discuss the issue of homosexuality. Some conservatives are upset that such a group has been set up at all. Liberal Anglicans are equally angry, complaining that the new Bishops' Reflection Group contains no members who have advocated a change in the Church's traditional teaching on marriage. Others however have welcomed its membership as faithfully representing Biblical teaching on gay sex. The group includes at least two prominent evangelicals, the Bishop of Blackburn Julian Henderson and the Bishop of Maidstone Rod Thomas, former chair of the conservative Reform...
  • Pope Francis and Divorce

    09/18/2016 5:43:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 9/17/16 | Ross Douthat
    The sin of a second marriage is not serious enough to justify excluding people of good intentions from the sacraments.Last weekend, Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice presidential nominee and a churchgoing Catholic, briefly escaped obscurity by telling an audience of LGBT activists that he expects his church to eventually bless and celebrate same-sex marriages. In short order, his bishop, Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond, Virginia, had a statement out declaring that the Catholic understanding of marriage would remain “unchanged and resolute.” In a normal moment, it would be the task of this conservative Catholic scribbler to explain why the governor...
  • Church [of England] Homosexuality Talks 'to Remain Private'

    09/18/2016 5:38:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/18/16
    A homosexuality debate by Church of England bishops will remain private to allow views to "deepen and flourish", the new Bishop of Oxford has said. The College of Bishops met in Oxford earlier this week to discuss attitudes towards sexuality. The Right Reverend Dr Steven Croft told BBC Oxford talks were "constructive" and would continue through the autumn. He said the bishops would reveal their conclusions to the General Synod in February next year. The meeting was held just two weeks after the Bishop of Grantham, Nicholas Chamberlain, announced he was gay and in a relationship. 'Sensitive and challenging'Dr Croft...
  • [Anglican] Archbishop of Wales Declares Scriptural Support for Same-Sex Marriage

    09/17/2016 6:08:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | 9/14/16 | Barry Morgan
    Presidential Address of the Archbishop of Wales, the Most Rev Barry Morgan to he Governing Body meeting at the University of Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, on 14 Sept 2016I have to confess that over the last 13 years, I have never re-read a presidential address that I have given to this Governing Body. Good job too, some of you may be thinking, once is more than enough for anyone!! Before writing this one however, I decided to re-read the first one I ever gave as the new Archbishop and was amazed to discover that I had spoken about the authority...
  • Mexican Bishop Says He’ll Evangelize in Prison if He’s Locked up for ‘Homophobia’

    09/17/2016 5:54:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/16/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    September 16, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The Catholic bishop of Cuernavaca, Mexico, is being investigated in response to his opposition to the gay agenda, according to national and local media sources, but he says if he goes to prison he’ll take advantage of the opportunity to bring the Gospel of Christ to the inmates there. Bishop Ramón Castro has been informed that he’s being investigated in response to a complaint by the socialist governor of the state of Morelos, Graco Ramírez, for speaking out against the creation of homosexual “marriage,” which was recently passed by the state legislature and signed into...
  • Alberta [Canada] Bishops: No Communion for ‘Remarried’ Catholics Unless They Practice Continence

    09/16/2016 5:49:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/15/16 | Lianne Laurence
    EDMONTON, Alberta, September 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The Catholic Church has not changed her practice towards divorced and civilly remarried Catholics — despite what the faithful may have been led to believe through the media or other sources, the Alberta and Northwest Territory bishops stated in pastoral guidelines released Wednesday. It is “erroneous” to conclude that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Holy Communion “if they simply have a conversation with a priest,” stated the guidelines, signed by the six bishops responsible for over 1,000,000 Catholics in five dioceses. The 10-page document is intended to “answer the call of...
  • First Mongolian priest in a thousand years meets with Aleteia

    09/16/2016 2:15:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Aletelial ^ | September 16, 2016 | Louis Plantier-Vassal
    Aleteia: You were ordained a priest in Mongolia on August 28, 2016, which makes you the first indigenous priest for almost 1000 years! How do you feel about the historical significance of this?  Joseph Enkhee-Baatar: I am just glad and honored to have been chosen to be ordained here in Mongolia, and to be a small part of the mission. The first missionaries who came to the Mongol Empire were Nestorians. They came as early as the 7th and 8th century. Consequently, several Mongol tribes converted to Christianity. Then, in the thirteenth century under the Yuan dynasty, the first Catholic missionaries arrived. According to some historical...
  • Pope Amends Canon Law to show sensitivity to Eastern Churches

    09/16/2016 12:01:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crux ^ | September 15, 2016 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY — In a change to church law, Latin-rite Catholic deacons may not preside at a wedding when one or both of the new spouses are members of an Eastern Catholic church.The new rule is one of the changes to 11 canons in the Latin-rite Code of Canon law that Pope Francis approved in order to harmonize the laws of the Latin and Eastern Catholic churches on several issues involving the sacraments of baptism and marriage.After more than 15 years of study and worldwide consultation, the conflicting rules were resolved by adopting the Eastern code’s formulations for the Latin...
  • Vatican II: Last Surviving Bishop, "Radical" Remi De Roo, Speaks in Vancouver

    09/15/2016 7:11:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | 9/15/16 | Douglas Todd
    This is how retired radical Vancouver Island Bishop Remi De Roo, 92, is being described by St. Mark’s College on the UBC campus, which is hosting his talk Thursday evening: Bishop Remi J. De Roo is the last surviving bishop to have participated in all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council, which spanned 1962 to 1965.”“A self-described “pilgrim” of the Council in the years since its closing, he has kept alive its goal of aggiornamento – the renewal of the Church as it relates with the world.”This is to say the least. Well-travelled De Roo has taken his lumps...
  • Bishop Appointed by Vatican Arrested ‘and Sent to Labour Camp’ Amid Chinese Crackdown

    09/15/2016 7:03:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    FEARS are growing for a bishop who has been arrested by Chinese authorities during the regime’s latest crackdown in religion.Bishop Peter Shao Zhu Min was detained by officials who reportedly took him “on a trip” sparking concern he has been transported to a labour camp. The Bishop had recently taken over as the Bishop of Wenzhou following the death of his 89-year-old predecessor. Despite Bishop Shao being recognised by the Vatican, Chinese authorities say he was not approved by the government. The 53-year-old was preparing for his predecessor Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang’s funeral, which was attended by more than 5,000...
  • Cardinal Beatifies Polish Priest Who Was Sent to Gulag

    09/14/2016 6:17:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Cardinal Angelo Amato said Blessed Wladyslaw Bukowinski 'showed how faith can bring down walls'A Vatican official beatified a Polish-born priest deported to Soviet-ruled Central Asia who volunteered to stay on and minister to Catholics. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints’ Causes, said Fr Wladyslaw Bukowinski, who died in 1974, prayed to overcome “fear, hunger and violence, continuing his service at risk of being arrested and sent back to the gulag.” “His trials before Soviet courts and his time in labour camps gave him a pulpit for witness and evangelisation, from which he taught love of God...
  • Pope and Council of Cardinals Discuss Improvements to Selection Process for Bishops

    09/14/2016 5:36:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Pope and the Council continue to discuss the process of identifying candidates for bishop rolesPope Francis and members of the international Council of Cardinals advising him on Church governance once again discussed ways to improve the process of identifying the best priests to become bishops. “The cardinals reflected broadly on the spiritual and pastoral profile necessary for a bishop today,” said Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office. Meeting with Pope Francis between September 12-14, they also discussed “the theme of the Holy See’s diplomatic service and the formation and tasks of apostolic nuncios with particular attention to...
  • What Is Repentance?

    09/14/2016 12:01:58 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 10 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 9/12/16 | Gary
    What is repentance?  Is it turning from sin?  Is it not sinning?   Is it reforming one's life?  Is it getting cleaned up first, before coming to Christ? No word causes greater trepidation and uncertainty among those considering a decision of faith and no word causes greater fear and confusion among those already in the Church. This word has caused me some of the greatest angst in my life, largely because of how I've understood it: turning from sin, reforming my ways, being perfect.  Yet I continue to fail.  Daily.  This incredible dichotomy exists in my mind between the biblical...
  • Catholic Marriage Won't Change, Bishop Says After Tim Kaine Comments

    09/13/2016 6:58:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Richmond, Va., Sep 13, 2016 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Soon after Democratic vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine suggested the Catholic Church would change on same-sex marriage, the Bishop of Richmond has said Catholic teaching on marriage is constant. “More than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage, and despite recent statements from the campaign trail, the Catholic Church’s 2000-year-old teaching to the truth about what constitutes marriage remains unchanged and resolute,” Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond said Sept. 13. “As Catholics, we believe all humans warrant dignity and deserve love and respect, and unjust discrimination is...
  • How Pope Francis' 'New Joy' Surprised Benedict XVI

    09/12/2016 6:45:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Munich, Germany, Sep 12, 2016 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has said he is satisfied with the papacy of Pope Francis and sees “no contradictions” between their pontificates. “Yes, there is suddenly a new freshness in the Church, a new joy, a new charisma that addresses the people, which is something beautiful. Many are thankful that the new Pope now approaches them in a new style. The Pope is the Pope, it doesn’t matter who it is,” Benedict said in his newly published collection of interviews. The collection, published as Last Testament, consists of his interviews...
  • Recent Key Appointments Unsettle John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family

    09/12/2016 5:51:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/12/16 | Edward Pentin
    Last month, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, until now president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, as the new grand chancellor of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. The Institute, established in 1981, is devoted to the study of the truth about the human person in all its dimensions with the aim of generating a “culture of life”. Headquartered in Rome, it has centers in Washington D.C. and around the world. Archbishop Paglia has often spoken out in defense of the Church’s teaching on family, marriage and human sexuality, but he...
  • Catholicism’s incredible growth story (global numbers have doubled since 19700)

    09/11/2016 5:54:37 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 43 replies
    Catholic Herald (U.K.) ^ | Thursday, 8 Sep 2016 | Philip Jenkins
    `There are around 1.2 billion Catholics in the world today; by 2050 it may be 1.6 billion (CNS) `Critics keep announcing the Church's imminent demise. If only they realised that numbers have doubled since 1970 – and are still rising In many parts of the world, it’s difficult to feel optimistic about the future of the Catholic Church. Some years ago, the American Physical Society heard an alarming paper that predicted the countries in the world that would have no religion whatever by 2100, and high on the list were such former Catholic heartlands as Austria and Ireland – Ireland!...
  • Andy Stanley and the “NEW Hermeneutic”

    09/11/2016 12:56:24 PM PDT · by fishtank · 20 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 9-11-16 | John barber
    Andy Stanley and the “NEW Hermeneutic” Stanley has not dealt persuasively with the so-called obstacle of “The Bible says.” He has only moved the authority for belief to autonomous reason. One wonders, then, what kind of belief Stanley is advocating. There is natural belief in “every drop of rain that falls.” But then there is saving faith, which is the gift of God. This “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Minus the Word of God, Stanley re-presents Thomistic dualism for modern evangelical use: belief is the product of rational process beginning in disbelief.
  • Defrock atheist minister, United Church (of Canada) panel urges in split decision

    09/10/2016 6:08:34 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 13 replies
    CTV News ^ | September 10, 2016 | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
    TORONTO -- An unabashedly atheist minister who does not believe in the Bible should be defrocked for her beliefs, a United Church committee has recommended in a split decision that seems likely to stir further dissent in the church. In its unprecedented report, the reviewing panel said Gretta Vosper would not be ordained were she applying today given her extreme beliefs. "She is not suitable to continue in ordained ministry because she does not believe in God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit," the report by the Toronto Conference interview committee states. "Ms. Vosper does not recognize the primacy...
  • Pope Benedict: Governance Was My Weakness

    09/09/2016 7:12:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera has published excerpts of Peter Seewald’s book-length interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Last Testament: In His Own Words will be published in Italy on September 9 and in the United States in November. “A weak point of mine was maybe little resolve in governing and making decisions,” said Pope Benedict. “In reality I am more a professor, one who reflects and meditates on spiritual questions," “Practical governance is not my strong point and this is certainly a weakness,” he added. “But I do not see myself as a failure.” The Pope Emeritus said...
  • Supporters of Women as Priests See Hope in Pope’s Openness to Deacons

    09/09/2016 7:00:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 9/2/16 | Emily McFarlan Miller
    NORTHBROOK, Illinois (RNS) Her whole life, Susan Vaickauski felt an internal struggle. But earlier this summer, as Vaickauski lay prostrate at the foot of the altar of a church in the Chicago suburbs, while friends, family and supporters sang the litany of the saints over her, that struggle disappeared. In its place, she said, she felt “this overwhelming sense of peace and just God saying, ‘Yes, this is exactly what I was asking of you. This is where I want you to be. This is what I want you to do.’ It’s this feeling of knowing you did what’s being...
  • Hymns & Words of Faith Instrumental

    09/09/2016 11:02:15 AM PDT · by Revski
    YouTube Ministry (o7jimmy) - Revski ^ | 09/09/2016 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    With the mandolin, I play two hymns,“Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior”, written by William H. Doane, and accompanied with scenic star lighted night sky views, then a display of biblical scriptures, with a instrumental end, with the hymns, “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”, written by William G. Tomer. The two instrumental hymns are accompanied with sing-along lyrics. (New, I'm not singing) :))
  • Ordinations in the Extraordinary Form to Take Place in England, Wales for ‘First Time in Decades’

    09/08/2016 7:32:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/8/16 | Staff Reporter
    Two ordinations will take place at St Mary's Shrine Church in Warrington in JuneOrdinations in the Extraordinary Form will take place in England and Wales possibly for the first time in decades next year. At the request of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP) and with the permission of Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool, two deacons will be ordained to the priesthood on June 17. The ordinations will take place at St Mary’s Shrine Church in Warrington, North West England. Writing in the Catholic Herald this week, Fr Armand de Malleray, superior of FSSP in England and Wales, said:...
  • Cardinal Raymond Burke: Muslims and Christians Don’t Worship 'the Same God'

    09/08/2016 7:17:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/8/16 | Thomas Williams
    According to the former head of the Vatican’s highest court, Cardinal Raymond Burke Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God, since Allah is a “governor,” whereas Christianity was “founded on love.” The modern belief that Islam and Christianity are fundamentally the same “is very much influenced by a relativism of a religious order,” the Cardinal said at a recent press conference. “I hear people saying to me, well, we’re all worshipping the same God. We all believe in love. But I say stop a minute, and let’s examine carefully what Islam is, and what our Christian faith teaches...
  • Worship the King

    09/08/2016 12:43:02 PM PDT · by metmom · 24 replies
    Worship the King.org ^ | Sept 10,2016
    A worship event if being planned for the city of Syracuse for the evening of Friday, Sept 16, 2016 beginning at 7PM at the Carrier Dome on the campus of Syracuse University. Admission and parking are free and there will be sign language interpretation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. It's a joint effort of the following campus ministries on the SU campus and is being supported by 25-30 local area churches. This has the full support of the new chancellor. Fellowship of Christian Athletes Evangelical Christian Ministries Roman Catholic Association Historically Black Church Young Life College Brothers and...
  • [Australian] Catholic Bishop Calls on Church to Accept Homosexuality

    09/07/2016 4:43:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The Australian ^ | 9/7/16 | Greg Brown
    The bishop of the Catholic diocese of Parramatta has called on the church to accept homosexuality, lamenting that the faith is not a “trailblazer” against inequality. Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen has gone further than the Pope, who has said God loves and accepts gay people. Bishop Long said it was not good enough to treat gay people with compassion and then define their lifestyle as “intrinsically disordered”. The comments, del­ivered in a speech in western Sydney last month, are likely to cause consternation in the church hierarchy, which is against same-sex marriage. “We cannot talk about the ­integrity of...
  • Merlin Falcons Cry How to Make Peace God

    09/07/2016 2:15:52 PM PDT · by Revski · 2 replies
    YouTube Ministry (o7jimmy ^ | 9/7/16 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    This is an animation of a Merlin Falcon & Cry, wings in, in writing from the Bible, how to come to God and make peace with Him. Ends with instrumental by myself, with mandolin and lyrics of the song, Till We Meet Again.
  • Why Catholics are leaving the faith by age 10 – and what parents can do about it

    09/06/2016 3:57:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 124 replies
    cna ^ | September 5, 2016 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Sep 5, 2016 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Young Catholics are leaving the faith at an early age – sometimes before the age of 10 – and their reasons are deeper than being “bored at Mass,” the author of a new report claims.“Those that are leaving for no religion – and a pretty big component of them saying they are atheist or agnostic – it turns out that when you probe a bit more deeply and you allow them to talk in their own words, that they are bringing up things that are related to science and...
  • Pastor to Brock Turner's father: He is not the victim

    09/06/2016 10:50:33 AM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    CNN/youtube ^ | Published on Jun 8, 2016 | CNN
    An open letter written by a North Carolina pastor to the father of Brock Turner has gone viral. CNN's Ashleigh Banfield spoke with the pastor. video only on link
  • A Parish Bids Goodbye To A Most Unusual Priest

    09/04/2016 5:21:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | 9/3/16 | Denise Coffey
    <p>When Fr. John O'Neill took to the pulpit at St. James Church in Danielson on Aug. 16, it was to deliver a eulogy for Fr. Joe Whalen.</p> <p>O'Neill didn't mince words for the crowd that had gathered.</p> <p>O'Neill has often told the story of Whalen, a man who entered the priesthood when he was 66-years-old. His late vocation came after he'd spent the better part of his life drinking. He had married and had children. He also found sobriety through Alcoholics Anonymous. It wasn't enough to save his marriage, however.</p>
  • Cardinal Cañizares Redoubles Efforts to Defend the Faith

    09/04/2016 5:15:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 9/3/16 | Maike Hickson
    In the midst of so many discouraging and troubling pieces of news, it is always important to point out manifestations of virtue and of the good that still abides. One of the great defenders of Catholic Truth right now is Antonio Cardinal Cañizares Llovera, the Archbishop of Valencia, Spain, about whom we had presented a report earlier this year. On May 13 2016, another Marian Feast Day, Cardinal Cañizares – the former head of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (who had been removed from that office and sent back to his homeland by...
  • How Pope Francis Betrayed His Name

    09/04/2016 1:58:52 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 4, 2016 | Raymond Ibrahim
    When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the new Catholic pope in 2013, he chose the name of Francis to indicate that his pontificate would be one of mercy and compassion for the poor and needy...St. Francis (1182-1226) is indeed known for all those qualities. But he was known for something else his modern-day namesake fails to live up to: unapologetically confronting Islam...
  • “THE GARMENT OF PRAISE”

    09/03/2016 8:53:30 PM PDT · by Lera · 2 replies
    THE list of comforts which the Anointed has here prepared for His mourners is apparently inexhaustible. He seems as if He delighted to give "according to the multitude of His tender mercies" a very cloud of blessings. This is the third of His sacred exchanges--"the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness." Grace, like its God, delights to be a trinity. This is also the broadest of the blessings, for whereas the first adorned the face with beauty, and the second anointed the head with joy, this last and widest covers the whole person with a garment of praise!...
  • Psychiatrist: Archbishop Behind Vatican Sex-Ed Should be Evaluated by Sex Abuse Review Board

    09/03/2016 5:42:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/2/16 | Claire Chretien
    September 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A renowned psychiatrist who has worked with victims of priestly sexual abuse and priest abusers has strongly condemned the Vatican’s new sex education program as abusive and “the most dangerous threat to Catholic youth” he has seen in the past 40 years. The gravely concerned psychiatrist is Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons, a counseling center director who has been a consultant to the Congregation for the Clergy at the Vatican and has served as adjunct professor at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America. In an essay...
  • First Church of England Bishop Comes Out as Gay

    09/03/2016 5:35:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 9/2/16 | Trevor Grundy
    CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Nicholas Chamberlain, the bishop of Grantham, has come out as the first Church of England bishop to openly acknowledge he is gay. Chamberlain, 52, said in an interview with the Guardian published Friday (Sept. 2) that he is living with a man and in a long term loving relationship, though it does not involve sex. The Guardian predicted that Chamberlain’s announcement “will be embraced by campaigners for equality but is likely to alarm conservatives who fear the church is moving away from traditional teachings.” As a suffragan bishop, Chamberlain is subordinate to the archbishop of his diocese,...
  • Why the Left Hates Mother Teresa of Calcutta

    09/03/2016 8:16:05 AM PDT · by xzins · 109 replies
    Breitbard ^ | 3 Sep 16 | THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D
    As the world awaits Mother Teresa’s canonization Sunday, one mystery remains: why the international Left still harbors such hatred for a diminutive religious sister who spent her entire life serving the poorest of the poor. After all, with her inexhaustible dedication to alleviating poverty and assisting the needy, Mother Teresa should be an icon of liberals the world over. Instead, we find that the Left showers her not with affection and praise, but with scorn and disdain. On September 1, The Washington Post published an article titled “Why Mother Teresa Is Still No Saint to Many of Her Critics,” citing...
  • Pope Francis: Go to Confession for not Recycling, Repent of Excess Plastic and Paper

    09/02/2016 5:29:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 64 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/1/16 | John-Henry Westen
    September 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — In his message for the celebration of World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation today, Pope Francis called on Catholics to go to confession for sins of not being respectful of creation, giving examples of examination of conscience such as “avoiding the use of plastic and paper,” “separating refuse” and “turning off unnecessary lights.” He called on Catholics to have an “ecological conversion.” Recalling the year 2000 act of public repentance by Pope John Paul II for sins of “religious intolerance, as well as for injustice toward Jews, women, indigenous peoples, immigrants, the...
  • Pope Francis Proposes New Work of Mercy: Care for Our Common Home

    09/01/2016 8:02:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Holy Father makes proposal in message on World Day of Prayer for the Care of CreationPope Francis is proposing adding care for the environment to the traditional, Gospel-inspired works of mercy that Christians are called to perform. Francis made the proposal in a message on Thursday to mark the Church’s World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which he instituted last year in a bid to highlight his green agenda. In the message, he said: “The Christian life involves the practice of the traditional seven corporal and seven spiritual works of mercy. We usually think of the works...
  • NJ Priest Suspended for Supporting Gay Groups

    09/01/2016 7:52:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 9/1/16 | David Gibson
    RNS) The Catholic archbishop in New Jersey has barred a gay priest from ministry because the cleric supports gay advocacy groups and has backed a Catholic high school counselor who was fired when church officials discovered the woman was in a same-sex marriage. The Rev. Warren Hall said he was notified by phone on Wednesday (Aug. 31) that Newark Archbishop John Myers, an outspoken conservative who has submitted his retirement papers to Pope Francis, says Hall’s actions are “confusing the faithful.” As a result, Hall will no longer be able to celebrate Mass in public, present himself as a priest...
  • Dicastery for Human Development, Pope Himself Will be in Charge of Migrants

    08/31/2016 4:54:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 8/31/16 | Andrea Tornielli
    A new social dicastery has been established and is to be headed by Cardinal Turkson. At the moment, Francis is taking charge himself of migration, thus underlining the importance of this emergencyThe new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development”, which merges a number of pontifical councils, was established today. For the moment, however, Francis has decided that he will be personally in charge of the department dedicated to migrants and refugees. His choice comes as a response to the current crisis in this field. It is a way to highlight the importance of this issue and to show the Pope’s...
  • Card. Burke: ‘Highly Questionable’ to Say Islam Worships Christian God and is Therefore Peaceful

    08/30/2016 6:05:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/30/16 | Claire Chretien
    ROME, Italy, August 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — It is “highly questionable” to say Catholics and Muslims worship the same God and Islam is a religion of peace, Cardinal Raymond Burke said on a call with reporters Monday. Burke, an American, is the former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court. He is now the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Burke was speaking to the media about Hope for the World: To Unite All Things in Christ, a newly-published book-length interview with French journalist Guillaume d’Alançon in which the prelate weighs in on a host of...